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Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
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Fraud email example:
From: "LOTTERY FLASHMEGA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 05:00:56 -0700
You have gained the computer Balloting Program
This massage is from the MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL FLASH MEGA LOTTERY Program
South Africa for the 2010 world cup.
FLASH MEGA INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
YOU HAVE WON ON THE COMPUTER BALLOT SYSTEM PROGRAM,
THE SUM OF US$1. 950,000,00 in cash as the total amount of the second
FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT
ON PHONE NO. + 27- 781-855-584
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the
world as part of our electronic business Program.
Below are your Information's;
(R): NUMBERS: LLI/240142/011
(B): NUMBERS: 18/006/1094/LIPDA/SL.
To avoid delays, you are to quote your winning (R) And (B) numbers, and also
fill the below processing form:
1. Full Name
2. Country Of Origin
3. Date Of Birth
4. Contact Telephone And Fax Number
5. Full Contact Address
6. Marital Status
7. Company's Name (If Any)
8. Your bank account information where you want your fund to be transfered
into 1.e your bank name and address and also you bank account number.